Technology news

21 January 2021
To cope with fewer employees in its stores, Aeon Japan will introduce self-checkouts this year and it has also started using UV-based sanitisers for its shopping baskets. Cost to implement self-checkouts is less than 10% of Amazon’s system Aeon will increase self-checkout registers that can read prices of items that customers purchase, through their smartphone app.  This new system will sta...
21 January 2021
To create a larger and more inclusive rewards ecosystem, Flipkart has recently introduced SuperCoin Pay.  It allows customers to checkout in physical stores through the rewards earned from Flipkart’s online platform.    Wider range of merchants to redeem rewards The launch of the SuperCoin rewards programme in 2019 has been a success, with over 10bn SuperCoins earned by millions of Flipkart...
20 January 2021
Autonomous, or checkout free, store concepts have been gaining ground over the last few years, with companies piloting different models. This has accelerated since the start of the pandemic as retailers look to develop contactless and frictionless solutions. We highlight four which have recently launched, or are set to make their debut, in North America. 1. CIBO Express, Newark Airport, New Yo...
15 January 2021
Couche-Tard, which operates the Circle K brand globally, has launched a live retail lab store in Montreal featuring an autonomous shopping experience, in partnership with McGill University. Autonomous store experience The lab store has been launched to enable the testing of innovative and frictionless technologies in a live environment. Located on McGill University’s downtown campus in the ...
12 January 2021
Walmart is partnering with HomeValet to pilot online grocery deliveries directly into smart boxes located outside customers’ homes. Temperature controlled, IoT enabled Starting this spring, customers in Bentonville, Arkansas, will be able to receive deliveries from their local Walmart directly into a temperature-controlled smart box. This features an IoT (Internet of Things) enabled platfor...
12 January 2021
Walmart is partnering with Ribbit Capital to create a new fintech startup organisation with a focus on developing innovative and affordable financial solutions. Optimising Walmart’s scale This new partnership brings together Walmart’s retail knowledge and scale with Ribbit’s fintech expertise to deliver tech-driven financial experiences. The global investment firm is focused on investing in...
11 January 2021
Mexican business FEMSA, which owns the OXXO convenience store chain, are trialling autonomous convenience stores in Mexico. The small-sized units are designed to serve customers in hospitals, apartment complexes and offices. FEMSA has launched two stores in the format, which it has named OXXO Smart. Source: FEMSA Key characteristics of OXXO Smart The stores are fully autonomous (r...
06 January 2021
With the new wave of COVID-19 in Thailand, Central Food Retail is raising safety and hygiene standards by using UV-C disinfection robots in more stores. How does it work? The robots emit UV-C light to disinfect areas in 360 degrees to destroy more than 99.99% of all pathogens within seconds. In addition, the UV-C light is completely safe with no harmful side effects on the food products bei...
04 January 2021
Having announced the partnership last March, Hospitality group, OTG, has opened its first CIBO Express Gourmet Market convenience stores featuring Amazon’s ‘Just Walk Out’ technology. Two stores launched at Newark airport The CIBO Express stores at Newark Airport, New York, are the first two stores to be developed as part of the partnership between OTG and Amazon . Located at Terminal ...
21 December 2020
Having risen to prominence at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in 2018, we look at Robomart’s latest beta test, as companies tap into the demand for contactless grocery ecommerce solutions.  Autonomous grocery store concept Robomart is an autonomous grocery store which consumers can summon to their home in less than ten minutes using a dedicated app. Described by the company as a ‘store-hail...